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A Few of My Favorite Fairytale Retellings~

Hello world! 

Today I am going to share a list of some of my favorite fairytale retellings! I noticed while creating this list that I love the darker retellings due to my love for the original fairytales. There is only one book on this list that is not too dark while the other three have a darker theme to them. I hope you enjoy my post! 

Okay (cracks knuckles) let’s kick off this list! If you want to learn more about a particular book, click the book’s photo and it will take you to the book’s Goodreads page!


                   The first book that I will be talking about is Bound by Donna Jo Napoli!

I love Donna Jo Napoli’s retellings so much but Bound is my favorite! She uses Chinese mythology as a tool to reinvent the story of Cinderella. Instead of  a glass or golden slipper there is a silk slipper that only a woman with incredibly small feet can fit into. The history of feet binding and the painful toll it took on women during that time period  plays an important role in this story as well. If you want a new cultural take on this classic then you should pick up this beautiful book
                
    The next book on my little list is Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright!

This novel is a reimagined version of the story of little red riding hood and it is incredible while also being  filled to the brim with  twists and turns. This  page turner will keep you guessing the true identity of the menacing wolf until the very last page. The characters and the plot curveballs come together to create a truly spellbinding story~

                  Another one of my favorites is The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor!

This is my absolute favorite retelling of Alice in Wonderland. This is a cool retelling where instead of falling into wonderland, our little hero is the heir to the throne and is having to fight against her evil aunt  to regain power over wonderland. This book is  amazing and the mad hatter is quite the interesting character with his dangerous top hat~

                            And the final book on my list is Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige!

This book is AMAZING and I can’t believe the journey that I just went on when I picked up this Wizard of Oz  retelling. This book follows a young girl as she is brought to Oz so that she can kill Dorothy, who has been ruling ruthlessly in her sparkling red shoes. You also encounter a mad scientist Scarecrow, a Tin Man that is a slave to his heart, and a Cowardly Lion that feeds on fear. This is one tale that you need to read now!

Okay, that is my list of my favorite retellings! These are all books that I love and I hope that y’all enjoy them as much as I do!
Happy Reading,

~Caitlin

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Fairy loot: Warriors and Legends Unboxing

Hello World!

Now that all the post-graduation chaos has finally settled I can dedicate more time to my lovely blog! I want to share more of my bookish love on here so expect to see a ridiculous amount of book mail being unboxed on here along with tbr lists, wrap ups, and other cool book posts! My first bookish related post is the unboxing of my Fairyloot that arrived Friday. For those of you that don’t know, Fairyloot is a monthly book subscription box that ships from the U.K. and focuses on the fantasy side of the Y.A. Genre.  The theme for May was Warriors and Legends and I am excited to show y’all what came in it!

Note: I tried to provide links to as many of the businesses as I could so if you want to learn more about them, you can click and go to their website. The books are linked to their Goodreads pages so all you have to do is click the links to find out more about the books! The only Goodreads page I could not find was for the mythology book~

                            SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU ARE A FAIRYLOOT SUBSCRIBER AND DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED THEN TURN BACK NOW.

Now that I got that out of the way, lets dive in!

 

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~The first thing you see when opening this box is a little newsletter along with a pretty print that fits the theme of the month. I love their purple packing confetti so much that I keep a box full of it for when I want to use it for photos~

 

 

 

 

~This beautiful edition of World Mythology In Bite Sized Chunks by Mark Daniels is so freaking beautiful! Little snippets  from various mythologies are showcased in this book! It is only 200 pages so it is a quick read and I can’t wait to display this beauty along with my other mythology books~

 

 

~This lovely fake feather pen, made by Flora’s Wonder Emporium, is a very interesting shade of orange. It writes really well, the only problem is that it is stiff and sharp~

 

 

 

 

 

~I also received  a cool tea blend created by The Tea Leaf Co that was created just for the  Warriors and Legends box! I haven’t tried it yet but it smells amazing. In The Wick of Time also created an exclusive candle that smells like orange blossom and it is divine~

 

 

 

~ I was beyond excited when I saw the Celtic socks that were created just for the box. My current writing project involves a bit of Celtic mythology so these socks made me giggle a bit too hard.

 

 

 

 

~I have been been wanting an Ink and Wonder bookmark so I was extremely happy to see that the one I received in this box  was Lord of The Rings themed! They also included an excerpt from a very interesting novel that is out now called, Naondel, by Maria Turtschaninoff!

 

 

 

 

And finally we have reached the book that was chosen for this month!

Drumroll Please!

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The book chosen for Fairyloot’s Warriors and Legends box is  Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh! I have been anxiously awaiting this beauty to come out and I can’t wait to read it! They also sent a letter written by her, a signed nameplate, and a cute little bookmark.

 

 

Here is a picture of the inside of the jacket for you if you are intrigued:

Overall I really enjoyed this box! They have never sent me a box that I did not enjoy and I love subscribing to their box.

If any of y’all are interested in learning more about this lovely subscription box then click here!

I hope y’all enjoyed this little unboxing post and  I hope y’all have an amazing day!

Until next time

~Caitlin